Janet Munro

About Janet Munro

Who is it?: Actress, Soundtrack
Birth Day: September 28, 1934
Birth Place:  Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died On: 6 December 1972(1972-12-06) (aged 38)\nLondon, England
Birth Sign: Libra
Cause of death: Ischaemic heart disease
Resting place: Golders Green Crematorium
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1957-1972
Spouse(s): Tony Wright (m.1956-1959; divorced) Ian Hendry (m.1963-1971; divorced)
Children: 2
Parent(s): Alex Munro Phyllis Robertshaw

Janet Munro Net Worth

Janet Munro was bornon September 28, 1934 in  Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, is Actress, Soundtrack. As Disney's lively lass Katie O'Gill she was the freshness of spring. She could inspire you to dance a jig through a field of flowers. Her entrancing green eyes and catchy spirit had that kind of life-affirming effect. Cute, spunky, almond-eyed British actress Janet Munro was deemed to be an actress from day one as the daughter of Scottish stage and variety hall comedian Alex Munro (1911-1986) (born Alexander Horsburgh). Janet Neilson Horsburgh was born in Blackpool (near Liverpool), Lancashire, England on September 28, 1934. Her entertainer father adopted the name Munro as his own a few years after Janet was born. His wife, Phyllis, Janet's mother, died when Janet was only 8 and the young girl was raised by the comedian's second wife, Lilias.She first trained as a teenager in repertory theatre in the Lancashire area and in the late 1950s found popularity on British TV. She even earned the title of "Miss Television of 1958" by a fan magazine. She also dabbled in films with prominent roles in the breezy comedy Small Hotel (1957), the drama The Young and the Guilty (1958) and the creepy sci-fi/horror The Trollenberg Terror (1958) [aka The Crawling Eye].Adaptable to both comedy and drama, the little charmer caught the eye of Walt Disney who saw big things for her, and she was signed to a five-picture deal in 1959. She made four. Appealing to a brand new generation of Britishers and Americans as the scrappy, brunette-banged ingénue of several box-office family films, she brightened up the day with her performances in Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), Third Man on the Mountain (1959), and Swiss Family Robinson (1960).The Golden Globe winner for "most promising newcomer" eventually outgrew Disney and tried to moved ahead by altering her wholesome image with some mature, spicier roles. Audiences, however, didn't respond well to this sudden departure. The idea of an adult Janet Munro playing overly sexy ladies and the seriously downtrodden did not take and her career quickly faltered. Despite a BAFTA nomination for her role in Life for Ruth (1962), she began to see life unraveling both personally and professionally right before her very eyes.Janet's marriages to actors Tony Wright and Ian Hendry fell by the wayside and two miscarriages plus chronic medical ills only deepened her suffering. Worse yet, she developed an acute alcohol problem. Semi-retired from acting between 1964 and 1968 while married to Hendry in order to raise her children, she found the going difficult when she tried to return full time.Ironically, one of Janet's last screen roles showed her at her dramatic best, playing that of a boozing pop star in the British film Sebastian (1968). Four years later Janet died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Reports circulated that she choked to death at a London hotel while drinking tea. The immediate cause of her death was acute myocarditis; the underlying cause was chronic ischemic heart disease. The sun set all too soon on this lovely actress at 38 years of age. She was survived by her two daughters, Sally and Connie.
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💰 Net worth: $400,000

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Awards and nominations:

British Academy Film Awards

Golden Globe Award



Born Janet Neilson Horsburgh, the daughter of Scottish Comedian Alex Munro (real name Alexander Neilson Horsburgh) and his wife, Phyllis Robert Shaw, in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1934, she used her father's stage name professionally.


Munro appeared in a BBC TV adaptation of I Capture the Castle (1954), playing the lead part of Rose.


Munro was married to Tony Wright from 1956 until 1959. She married the actor Ian Hendry in 1963, and they had two children, Sally and Corrie. Munro and Hendry were divorced in 1971. Her cousin Ellie Nicol-Hilton was a child actor in 1970s and 1980s.


She had a small part in the Gordon Harker comedy Small Hotel (1957) and started appearing regularly on British TV shows such as ITV Television Playhouse ("One of Us", "Pickup Girl", "Lace on Her Petticoat") and Armchair Theatre ("Trial by Candlelight", "The Deaf Heart").


Munro could be seen in ingenue parts in The Trollenberg Terror (1958) and The Young and the Guilty (1958) and had the romantic lead in a TV adaptation of Berkeley Square (1959) for Hallmark Hall of Fame.


After playing Tommy Steele's love interest in Tommy the Toreador (1959), Munro made a third for Disney, Swiss Family Robinson (1960), again romancing MacArthur.


Munro was the female lead in the science fiction film The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), one of her best remembered parts.


She had a good role in Life for Ruth (1962) which earned her a BAFTA nomination for Best Female Actor.


She returned to Armchair Theatre ("Girl in a Bird Cage", "Afternoon of a Nymph") and was top billed in a film for the first time with Bitter Harvest (1963), but it was not a success.


Munro was the female lead in Hide and Seek (1964) and A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964).


Munro travelled to New York to star in a TV adaptation of The Admirable Crichton (1968).


Munro was in ITV Playhouse ("Premiere: Flower Dew"), and Cry Wolf (1969). She had the lead in a series, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1969).


Munro died from a heart attack caused by chronic ischaemic heart disease at Whittington Hospital, north London in 1972, aged 38 years. She was cremated and interred at the Golders Green Crematorium.